What is it?
With technology rising day by day and 4K content being pushed like never before, Epson came up with the EH-TW 8300 last year.
How does it feel out of the box?
The TW 8300 weighs almost 11kgs and the bulk is visible in its dimensions. The lens cover smartly opens up as soon as you power up the projector and it offers a host of connectivity features at the back. It is not the sleekest looking projectors that you can buy in the market right now but can its performance make it a true winner? Let’s find out!
How does it perform?
The TW 8300 has 2500 Lumens color brightness and a similar white brightness output. To simplify things, ‘Lumens’ definition is: “a unit of luminous flux in the International System of Units, that is equal to the amount of light given out through a solid angle by a source of one-candela intensity radiating equally in all directions”. Basically, Lumens is brightness. A contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1 adds to an immersive large-screen experience. Epson also emphasizes a lot on the 4K enhancement feature in the TW 8300. However, the 4K enhancement technology is not true 4K and is a smart feature which basically shifts each pixel diagonally by 0.5 pixels. The outcome of this is that the resolution ends up looking a lot like 3840 × 2160 or 4K. This is a smart little trick in my opinion!
The TW8300 comes with a nice 2D to 3D conversion function with three levels of image depth. You can convert normal content into 3D and watch it using 3D glasses which can be paired up easily with the projector. Another good bit about the TW 8300 is the fact that it comes with 10 preset positions for things like lens shift, zoom, and focus. So no matter how small or big your projection area is, you can always tweak around the with these settings and get a crisp picture, getting a theatre-like feeling. However, the thing about projectors is that if you are a hardcore videophile and are very specific about your pixels plus you want smart features like Android TV and apps, you are better off with a large screen LED TV.
|Projection System||RGB liquid crystal shutter projection system|
|LCD Panel||0.74-inch wide panel with MLA (D9, C2 Fine, 12 bit, OD)|
50″ to 300″ [1.48 to 9.08 m] (Zoom: Wide)
50″ to 300″ [3.13 to 18.99 m] (Zoom: Tele)
|Colour Light Output||2,500 Lumens|
|White Light Output||2,500 Lumens|
|Resolution||1080p (4K Enhancement)|
|3D Formats||Top-and-Bottom, Side-by-Side|
2D: Dynamic, Bright Cinema, Natural, Cinema, Digital Cinema
3D: 3D Dynamic, 3D Cinema
|Dimensions D x W x H||450 x 520 x 193 mm|
The 4K enhancement technology is not true 4K and is a smart feature which basically shifts each pixel diagonally by 0.5 pixels. The outcome of this is that the resolution ends up looking a lot like 3840 × 2160 or 4K. Having said that, the Epson TW8300 is a strong contender and is very hard to beat if you’re looking for a great Full HD or 3D Projector.
We had also reviewed the TW 5300 earlier, read more about it here